Home > School and Learning > By Grade > College > Choosing Between Two Schools

Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Choosing Between Two Schools

College/Career Expert Advice from Carol Carter

Q: My daughter has narrowed down her college selection to two schools. Both are well suited to her and comparable in size and price. What are your suggestions on how to decide which one to attend? I don't have a preference and she's having a hard time making a choice.

A: Your daughter should start by developing a criteria list by which she can measure both schools. Consider issues like atmosphere, student support (peer counselors, Resident Assistants), and faculty support. Have you talked to seniors at each school to get their perspective? Ask the admissions officers if you can meet with seniors so you can do some more fact-finding. After you gather this information, your daughter will have to listen to her heart. This will be one in a string of many more decisions where she will have to weigh the information, listen to her own instincts, and venture forth. It is always good to remind her that there are no "wrong" decisions in life. We learn from each and every experience.

More on: Expert Advice

Carol Carter is the author of many books on college and career planning. She is the cofounder of Lifeskills, Inc., a nonprofit organization that encourages high-school students to explore their goals, career options, and the real world through part-time work and internships. She also gives workshops around the country on career exploration and other issues directly related to helping students succeed in college, career, and life.

Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.


Creative Art Ideas for Every Age
Creating art as a child has endless developmental benefits! We've partnered with Shutterfly to bring you imaginative art projects to keep your Monet learning at every age and stage.

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

7 Tips for Managing School-Related Anxiety
Is your child feeling intense school-related stress and anxiety? Learn the signs of anxiety disorders and get tips for managing academic stress.

Ready for Kindergarten?
Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks